St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Anne Frank Class

Hello, and welcome to Anne Frank Class' page!

I am Miss Griffey and I am the Year 4 teacher. I look forward to working with you and your children this year! Please do look through our diary at all the exciting things we are getting up to this year!

 

Here are some of our weekly routines:

 

Homework is assigned on google classroom every Friday and is to be completed by the following Wednesday. It will consist of one piece of literacy and one piece of numeracy per week.

 

Year 4 children will also be given a new weekly spelling rule and times tables every Monday which should be practised every night in their spelling and time tables record books. They will need to learn these by Friday when they will be tested.

 

In St. Joseph's we recognise that reading is of the utmost importance for our children, that is why we have built 30 minutes of reading into our timetable Monday-Wednesday as well as a daily 3pm read. On top of this, we ask you as parents to read with your child every night for 30 minutes.

 

PE will take place every Wednesday afternoon. We ask that you send your children to school in full PE kit that day.

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to come and see me after school. I am always happy to see you!
Thank you again for your continued support.

 

Our Learning - Summer 1

SUMMER 1

Our Class Topic is: Roadtrip to the USA!

 

In RE we will be focusing on the Pentecost, learning the story and discussing how it would have felt to have been there when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples. 

 

In Literacy this half term, we will be writing an informal letter to a close friend or family member about a trip to the USA. We will have learnt a lot of useful information in our Geography lessons to help us write a detailed letter about our journey.

 

In Numeracy this half term, we will be finishing our fractions and decimals topic while also learning new exciting concepts such as: area, statistics, shape and direction.

 

In Science, we will be learning about electricity, where it comes from, types of electricity and how to make a complete circuit using buzzers and LEDs. 

 

In Geography, we will be learning all about the USA. We will be looking at maps and discovering the different states. We will also be comparing physical and human features from the UK to those in the USA. 

 

Our Learning - Spring 2

SPRING 2

Our class Topic is: Potions

  

In RE we will look at the Eucharist and giving and receiving on our journey towards Easter. We will learn about why the Eucharist is so important and discuss how it makes us closer to God.

 

In Literacy this half term, our focus will be on fictional writing. We will learn how to write a fantasy story based on our topic of Potions. We are focusing on expanding our vocabulary and adding more detail to our sentences.

 

In Numeracy this half term, we will focus on fractions and decimals. We will learn how to convert from fractions to decimals as well as learning how to round, sequence and order decimals.

 

In Science, we are learning about different states of matter: liquids, solids and gases. This is a very exciting topic and we will be taking part in lots of different experiments throughout the term.

 

In History, we are learning about the history of medicine, comparing modern day medicine to that of the past. We will research the different treatments used in the past and we will also learn about some amazing scientists and physicians who helped advance the treatment of illnesses.

 

Our Learning - Spring 1

SPRING 1

Our Class Topic is: Traders and Raiders

 

In RE we will look at our communities and what they mean to us. We will then learn about the importance of communities, the benefits of being part of one and who Jesus' community was.

 

In Literacy this half term, our focus will be on fictional writing. We will learn how to write a heroic story based on the Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf. We are focusing on expanding our vocabulary and adding more detail and description to our sentences.

 

In Numeracy this half term, we will be learning about money and decimals. We will be using our knowledge of multiplication, division and fractions from last half term to help us. In addition to this, children should be practising their multiplications at home every night in their times tables records.

 

In History, we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We will focus on their time in Britain, what attracted them here and what their lives were like at the time.

 

In Science, we will be recapping on Rock, Forces and Magnets which were taught during lockdown last year. This year the children will be able to get a deeper understand of these topics through hands on, exciting experiments that will take place this half term.

 

In PE, Year 4 will take part in gymnastics where they will learn various routines on and off apparatus as well as learning the vocabulary involved with these actions.

 

Our Learning - Autumn 2

AUTUMN 2

Our class Topic is: The Blue Abyss

 

In RE we will look at the symbols of Baptism\Confirmation and belonging. We will then learn about Advent as a time to look forward to Christmas. At home, you can discuss with your child how your family welcomes visitors to your home and find out about some Christian symbols for Advent.

 

In Literacy this half term, our focus will be on non-fiction writing. We will learn how to write non-chronological reports based on our topic of the Blue Abyss. We are focusing on expanding our vocabulary and adding more detail to our sentences.

 

In Numeracy this half term, we will be learning about measurement and perimeter as well as extending our knowledge of multiplication and division. In addition to this, children should be practising their multiplications at home every night in their times tables records.

 

In Geography, our focus will be on the use of maps, oceans, continents and learning about the Great Barrier Reef. The children will also learn about plastic pollution and how harmful it can be to living things.

 

In Science, we are learning about living things and their habitats. We will learn about different sea creatures, coral, food chains and we will even do an investigation with brine shrimp.

 

In Art, the children will learn sketching skills. They will be observing and drawing fish and creatures from the ocean focusing on their detail.

 

In PE, we focused on working as a team, co-operation and tactics and how they go hand in hand to help solve problems.

 

Our Learning - Autumn 1

AUTUMN 1

Our class Topic is: I am Warrior!

 

In RE this half term we will be learning about where we come from in relation to our topic of People, our families trees and Jesus' family tree. 

 

In Literacy we will be studying Historical Stories! We will be reading Roman Invasion and using it to inspire us when we are writing our historical stories. We will focus on expanding our vocabulary and descriptions as well as including some year 4 grammar.

 

In Numeracy we will be covering the National Curriculum and focusing on Place Value, Number Lines and Rounding to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000. We will also be doing additional fluency sessions to help all children catch up and reach their maximum potential after lockdown.

 

In History we will be learning about Roman invasion of Britain, the legacy they left behind long after they left and how they improved civilisation. 

 

In Science we will learn all about sound. We will look at different diagrams of the ear and discuss how sound travels from its origin to the eardrum. We will also look at the different pitches in sound and how the shape of an object can change this.

 

In Art Year 4 will be studying the mosaic artist Ed Chapman and recreating his work.

 

In addition there will be French lessons taking place on Wednesday afternoons.

 

Our Learning - Summer 2

Our Class Topic is: Burps, Bile and Bottoms!

 

In RE we will be focusing on the Reconciliation. We will learn about how sometimes things do not go our way and ways to forgive and overcome these issues. We will look at parables and stories from the bible such as the lost sheep and discuss what might have happened and the message God might want to send us.

 

In Literacy this half term, we will be writing an explanation text based on our topic of the digestive system. We will learn the features of an explanation text and together with our knowledge of the digestive system, we will compose fabulous piece of writing. 

 

In Numeracy this half term, we will be learning about statistics and position and direction as well as recapping topics such as multiplication, division, fractions and decimals to ensure all children know as much as possible before entering year 5.

 

In Science, we will learn all about the digestive system, its functions and how to keep ourselves healthy with the food we eat. We will do lots of fun and interesting activities relating to our Burps, Bile and Bottoms topic.

 

In Geography, we will learn all about the Amazon Rainforest, how important it is and how deforestation is having a huge effect on our environment. We will also compare a woodland in the UK to the Amazon Rainforest and discuss the different vegetation and climate.